The Susan G. Komen for the Cureorganization made a premature and unfortunate decision to sever ties with Planned Parenthood, a move that already appears to be coming back to haunt the breast cancer-fighting foundation.
As a private nonprofit, of course, Komen has every right to decide how to spend its money. Until now, it has given Planned Parenthood, which is better known as a provider of contraception and abortions, more than $500,000 a year to perform breast exams and provide related outreach for low-income women, as well as referrals for mammograms.
Komen has been pressured for some time by antiabortion activists to end its relationship with Planned Parenthood, but Komen officials insist their decision was nonpolitical and prompted only by a new policy that requires them not to fund organizations that are being investigated by the government. Planned Parenthood, which has been the target of repeated congressional attacks that have unsuccessfully sought to cut off its federal funding, is under investigation to determine whether it spent taxpayer funds on abortions. But that inquiry is a politically motivated move launched by an antiabortion Republican congressman — and similar probes have found nothing amiss. Komen's willingness to end its grants even though there's no evidence so far of wrongdoing reflects poorly on the cancer foundation.